Genealogy and Memoirs of Isaac Stearns and His Descendants, by Mrs. Avis Stearns Van Wagenen, Courier Printing Co. Syracuse, NY, 1901
PLEASE NOTE: (FOC) Until I can document this, note that there are almost no references in this Stearn "genealogy." There is not even a town birth record of our supposed link, Rachel Starns who married Silvanus Clark in Stoughtonham (Sharon). Reader beware until we have documented these assertions! Please retain the caveats, and do NOT propagate this as fact.
p32. Isaac and Mary (Barker) Stearns of Watertown. They look well documented as original immigrants. The rest remains to be proven. Isaac Stearns, Jr. is named in his will (according to the above book) Isaac Stearns or Sternes, born in England, married 1622 Mary Barker, dau. of John and Margaret Barker of Stoke, Nayland, Suffolk, England. "This is proved correct by an entry in Thomas Lechford's Note Book, pages 291, 292. Isaac Sternes died 19 June 1671 and his widow died 2 Apr. 1677/ 8 Children:
p41. Isaac Stearns Jr. 6 Jan. 1633, son of Isaac and Mary (Barker) Stearns of Watertown, admitted Freeman 1665, died 29 Aug. 1676. He married 24 June 1660 Sarah Beers, dau. of Capt. Richard and Elizabeth Beers of Watertown. Capt. Beers was an original proprietor, a Capt. in King Philips War, and was slain in battle by the Indians 4 Sept. 1675 at Northfield, MA. Isaac Stearns, Jr. settled at Cambridge Farms, now Lexington, MA, and after his death, his widow, married second 23 July 1677 Thomas Wheeler of Concord, MA. Inventory 300 pounds, six children.
Isaac Stearns 3d born 26 Aug. 1665 to Isaac Stearns, Jr. and Sarah (Beers) Stearns of Lexington, MA, married 1696 Elizabeth Stone born 6 Oct. 1670. First four children born in Cambridge, rest in Lexington. He removed to Stoughton c1716. Administration of the estate of Isaac Stearns of Stoughton was granted to his sons Simon and Jonathan 22 May 1741. His inventory was 585 pounds 2 shillings 6 pence, dated 25 Jun 1741. Nine Children
Stearns Genealogy and Memoirs lists Rachel Stearns on page 65 as a daughter of :
Jonathan Stearns born 20 Nov. 1701 son of Isaac Stearns 3d (19 Oct. 1697 and Elizabeth (Stone) Stearns, of Stoughton. Dorchester records show Jonathan Stearns of Stoughton and Experience Linkhorn (Lincoln) of Taunton were joined in marriage by ye Wpl. Robert Spur Esqr. 24 May 1727." (Vital Records of Stoughton, Canton, Dorchester p266 ) Linkhorn means Lincoln. Inventory dated 23 Sept. 1769; his son, Nathaniel, administrator. He left a widow and six children in Stoughton. Obviously this Stearns family does not appear in public records for some reason. There is no reference given for these names.
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